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November 26, 2002

Cellcom service to allow deaf to use cell phones

From: RCR Wireless News - 26 Nov 2002

TEL AVIV, Israel—Israeli wireless operator Cellcom and start-up SpeechView launched LipCcell, a patented software to allow deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens to use mobile phones.

LipCcell is installed on a user’s computer and connected via cable to a cell phone so when a user receives a call, the voice on the cell phone is translated into a three-dimensional animated face on the computer that allows the user to lip read.

The software can be used with a PC or laptop, although plans are in the works to enable it on personal digital assistants. The software kit will sell for $125.

© 2002 Crain Communications, Inc.